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Travel Guide El Nido Palawan

El Nido is definitely one of the best places to visit in Palawan region in the Philippines. “El Nido”, a spanish term for nest explains the islands famous marble and limestone cliffs housing a great number of the nestling ground for balinsasayaw or swiflets. The swiflets nests are actually very much used in cooking specially […]

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El Nido is definitely one of the best places to visit in Palawan region in the Philippines.

“El Nido”, a spanish term for nest explains the islands famous marble and limestone cliffs housing a great number of the nestling ground for balinsasayaw or swiflets. The swiflets nests are actually very much used in cooking specially in Chinese cuisine. In El Nido you have a good chance of seeing hawksbill turtles, which abound in the El Nido
archipelago. It is also  home to dugong, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and a rich
diversity of fish. Sting Rays can also be seen from time to time.

Secret Beach El Nido Palawan

El Nido is located in the islands of Palawan, bordered by Linapacan Strait , Sulu Sea and South China Sea. It is composed of 45 islands and islets each worth visiting for its formation and rich marine life.

Things to do In El Nido

Aside from appreciating the beauty of the scenery here two of the most important activity in El Nido are diving, island hopping and snorkelling. But of course not to forget swimming and sunbathing. The town of El Nido is not that big you can also explore this small fishing town by walking and probably buy your souvenirs in the market. You can also enjoy eating out in El Nido for there are quite some great restaurants to try. You can also hire a van or tricycle to bring you to some places nearby El Nido; cave tours or mangrove tours.

Island Hopping, Snorkelling and Diving Tours in El Nido

The two major activities tourist do in El Nido are snorkelling and diving. Although, there more beautiful diving spots in Port Barton or Coron Palawan, the spectacular beauty of El Nido Palawan is beyond compare. There are normally tour operators specialising in organizing tours to El Nido but some hotels do it for you. You can also negotiate with some boatmen for a much cheaper organized trip to El Nido’s islands. You can book them in advance before coming or make your reservation upon arrival.¬† The organized tours normally includes a picnic lunch in the island, the use of boat and a guide.¬† Prices vary.¬† Some are cheaper than the other.¬† Be sure to ask well and confirm the inclusion of your tour before buying.¬† The tours proposed to tourists are normally organized into three major tours: Tour A, Tour B and Tour C.

Tour A

Includes Big and Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island and Commando Beach.  This is the closest tour packages.  You can even do this trip for a half day tour. This is normally the cheapest tour among the three.

Tour B

The tour includes the famous Snake Island, Lagen Island, Inabuyatan Island and Cathedral Cave.  This is ideally done on the second day.  This could roughly cost about 800 pesos per person.

Tour C

The last tour is considered the farthest and the best among the three.  It includes Matinloc Island, Tapiutan Island and the famous Secret Beach.  Sea turtle abound the area, ask your boatmen when is the best time to see them.

When to Go

There are two seasons in El Nido: wet and dry.  It is generally dry, from December to May, and wet, from June to November. April and May are typically the driest months, while the heaviest rainfall occurs around August.  It is recommended to visit El Nido during the dry months of April and May.  December is considered a peak season in El Nido.

Getting there

There are possible ways of going to El Nido.  The first one is by taking the direct flight Manila to El Nido of ITI Airways (formerly Soriano Aviation) a private nineteen seater plane.  This is a private plane used to bring in and out of El Nido the clients of Lagen Island Resort, an exclusive luxury resort in El Nido.  The cost is quite high compared to normal domestic airlines servicing in Philippines.  Be sure to book in advance because the guests of the hotel are their priority. From flights departing from El Nido you can pick up your tickets directly at El Nido Artcafe, their authorized ticketing office in El Nido. Another way  lesser expensive thand the first one is by taking a plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa.  There are various domestic airlines servicing this route: Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines.  The flight takes about 45 to 60 minutes.  From Puerto Princesa you can either hire a van specially if you are travelling in a small group or

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3 Comments

  1. Ned added these pithy words on September 21, 2009 | Permalink

    Visit El Nido in April and May? That’s poor advice! It’s so hot then, it’s almost unbearable… February/March is so much nicer.

  2. danny added these pithy words on September 21, 2009 | Permalink

    If you don’t like the sun why do you go to Philippines? I want heat, I’ll go there in April!

  3. admin added these pithy words on September 22, 2009 | Permalink

    I definitely think its better to go on months of April and May because you are sure you won’t have any typhoons or moonsoons during that period. February and March unfortunately could encounter moonsoon rains, sometimes really heavy and could destroy your image of paradise when you have gloomy sky, rain and the worst snorkelling and swimming could be impossible. I think people who go to El Nido want sun :-) but thanks for your advice at least people have choice :-)

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